Southwest Community Centre

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There is a new Community Centre coming to southwest London and the city would like to hear YOUR thoughts on it!

The location will be on Southdale Road, west of Wonderland Road (for those old enough to remember Wally World – there). The Community Centre will have a YMCA, public library, indoor pool, double pad arena, and gymnasium. The projected opening is September 2018.

Sound interesting? Awful? Wonderful? Have questions?

There will be an OPEN HOUSE Project Launch and Community Consultation this Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Westmount Mall at the Viscount Road entrance.

Swimming Lessons

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It may be hard to believe with the weather that we had on Easter morning, but summer is just around the corner! With summer comes the heat and the best way to beat the heat is to swim, of course. Whether you own a pool, have access to a pool or rarely make a splash, learning to swim is a vital life skill that all kids should learn to do. Just for safety’s sake, learning to fall in safely, swim to safety, and tread water are the bare minimum things that people of all ages should comfortably do to increase their chances of survival in the water and to have fun at a pool party! And if your child ends up becoming a little fish, they can always go on to be the next Michael Phelps or get the best summer job ever as a lifeguard.

London has many places to sign your kids up for lessons this spring to get them prepped and ready for the summer months. It’s a great time for a little refresher of their skills.

AQUATIC SERVICES

The City of London, Aquatic Services offers the most extensive variety of swimming and water safety lessons through the Red Cross for every level from babies to lifeguards. Lessons focus on both learning the strokes and how to swim, as well as how to survive and/or help in water situations.  They are offered at the city’s three indoor pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre in northwest London, South London Community Pool in south London, and Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre in east London), as well as out of Stony Creek YMCA. They have lessons for younger children during the weekdays, lessons after school, and on weekends. Their spring session begins at the end of April. The City of London has financial assistance available for families who cannot afford to pay for lessons on their own.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LONDON

The Boys and Girls Club in downtown London offers Red Cross swimming lessons for all levels and ages. Lessons are open to both members and non-members. The spring session has lessons on either Tuesdays or Saturdays beginning the last week in April/first week in May.

EXCEL SWIM SCHOOL

Excel has six levels and a swim team. The program has been designed by swim coach and former Olympian, Paul Midgley, to prepare kids for swim teams and competitive swimming. Lessons are run out of Robarts pool in east London and the swim team is out of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. Their spring session runs from May to June.

FINAN SWIM SCHOOL

Finan has created their own swimming levels (Tiny Tot 1&2, Learn to Swim 1&2, Level 1-10). Finan focuses only on learning swimming strokes, not on water safety skills. Their spring session begins next week (mid-April). Finan operates out of two pools: the Ramada Inn on Exeter Road in south London and Sugar Creek (off Proudfoot Lane) in west London.

JOLLY SWIM SCHOOL

Jolly Swim School has over a dozen different swim levels beginning with Moms & Tots and advancing all the way up to Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. They teach lessons out of the Berkshire Club in southwest London on Sunday mornings. Their spring begins next week.

YMCA

There are three YMCA’s in London and all offer swimming lessons. The Bob Hayward YMCA in southeast London has their own levels for children from 3 months old up to 12 years old. The Centre Branch downtown offers the same YMCA levels as well as Swim-Able, a small class lesson for children with learning or behavioural barriers that prevent them from succeeding in regular swimming lessons. Stoney Creek YMCA in north London has swimming lessons that follow the Red Cross levels.

MAKING WAVES

Although Making Waves does not have a spring session, it is definitely worth mentioning and remembering for anyone who has a child with special needs. Children with disabilities are given 1:1 lessons with a volunteer lifeguard (Western students!) on Sunday evenings in the fall and winter. The lessons are held at the UWO Campus in the Western Student Recreation Facility. Children are taught swimming skills at their own pace and ability.

Birthday Parties in London: Part 4

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This is the last installment of our list of places to have your child’s birthday party. London has so many awesome and unique places to host a party, many just didn’t fit into a category that could be defined as anything other than: FUN. So, there they are!

PLAY SPACES

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Both the Centre branch and the Stoney Creek branch offer birthday parties with one hour in a party room and one hour in the gym or the Treehouse (Stoney Creek only). Pizza, juice and a party host are included! See the link for more information.

Storybook Gardens

Storybook has party packages for spring, summer and winter! Spend some time in the pavilion for refreshments and cake, and then spend the day on the rides and exploring the park with friends! See the link for more information.

McDonald’s

Good old McDonald’s has been throwing birthday parties for decades! A McDonald’s host will entertain your guests with games and activities, the playland, and even a Happy Meal to make everyone happy. See the link for more information.

Adventures on Wonderland

AOW has three party packages to choose from, all with add-ons to customize your party experience. Enjoy lots of time to play on their indoor playland and an hour in a private playroom with drinks and a cake. See the link for more information.

Kidscape

Kidscape has three party packages to choose from, depending on whether your child would like to spend a lot of time on the indoor playground or making ceramic plates in the art room. Either way, they will have time in a private party room with the option of adding on food. See the link for all of the information.

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Birthday Parties in London: Part 1

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We have discussed some great options for having birthday party entertainers come to your house for your child’s birthday party, now we are going to fill you in on all of the great places outside of your home that can help celebrate the big day. If you have a small home or apartment, have a large guest list, or just hate the thought of all that cleaning and organizing, then a party out of the home might be the thing for you. The list of places is so long, we are splitting it up over more than one post!

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Get in Shape: Gyms in London

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Was it your New Year’s Resolution (again) to get in shape? Start working out? Lose some weight? You’re definitely not alone there. Whether it’s to be healthier, for a hobby or to lose that baby weight, hitting the gym is a popular option for many women. Now is a great time to get started at a new gym – the rates are fantastic as they try to lure in the New Year’s hopefuls. Here are the big places in London:

Goodlife Fitness

Did you know that the very first Goodlife was opened here in London in 1979?  Now there are over 300 coast to coast and with eight clubs in London, there is likely going to be a Goodlife near you.  They offer both co-ed and women’s-only facilities, as well as many 24/7 locations which means you can get in your workout whenever your kids decide to let you leave the house! Don’t like working out with the night-owls? No problem, bring the kids along and drop them off in the child-minding section. Amenities also include: pools, chiropractor, group cycling, hot yoga, locker rentals, massage therapy, personal training, sauna, tanning, towel service, TRX, boot camp, free-weights, cardio machines… Whew! Check in with your nearest location to see what is offered there.

Movati Athletic

Never heard of Movati? It’s the new name for the Athletic Club! Same club, new name. Movati keeps it simple with two clubs: one north, one south, but both on the west end. They have women-only sections of the gym for your comfort, as well as co-ed. They also offer child-minding for the little ones and a Kids Club for the older ones to get active. Their amenities include yoga, group fitness, training solutions, cardio machines, free-weight and strength training area, cycling classes, aquafitness, squash courts, massage therapy, sauna’s and more. They are currently offering 50% off enrollment for the month of January.

YMCA

The YMCA has three locations in London – east, downtown, and north, as well as locations in Komoka, Strathroy, and St. Thomas. The Y offers memberships for you or your whole family! They are so much more than just a place to work out (although they are that, too!). Full gymnasiums, pools, aerobic studios, free-weights, cardio machines… and then there are the kid activities! Not just child minding, your children could be having their own gym time, craft classes, pool fun and more. A family membership comes with the perks of recreational swims, parent and tot swims, open gym times, one session of swimming lessons per session (per person), and access to unlimited drop-in programs. They have a great Buddy Up promotion on now – find someone you know who is a member and let them take you there. You’ll get two weeks for free, they’ll have a chance at winning a free membership!

Fitness Forum

The Fitness Forum is located in south London and features cardio equipment, weights and strength training equipment, a pool, squash and racquetball, personal training, indoor running track, and 75 fitness classes per week. They also offer child-minding, for a fee. Start with your free 7-Day pass and go from there!

 

 

 

 

 

PA Day Fun for November 21

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Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Friday, November 21 while they’re home from school? We have a few ideas!

Mad Science at White Oaks Mall

Head to the Jalna North Court from 11:00am to 12:30pm to learn about Optical Illusions and again from 1:00pm to 2:30pm for Fun-damental Forces.

Children’s Museum Day Camp

Drop the kids off for a full day of fun from 8:30am to 5:00pm where they will be learning about becoming a zoologist with Amazing Animals! Pizza lunch is offered at an additional cost. Email info@londonchildrensmuseum.ca or call 519-434-5726 for more information.

Museum London: A Story of Canadian Art

Museum London has an exciting and educational day planned for children ages 6 through 12, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Kids will be exploring the museum and getting hands on as they create their own art inspired by Emily Carr, Group of Seven, and David Milne. Cost is $45 per child. Register HERE.

Stoney Creek YMCA Day Camp

The Stoney Creek YMCA has an all-day camp for children 3-12 years old. Find the registration form HERE or call 519-453-8858 for more information.

London Public Libraries

Byron Library (auditorium), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Byron Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Button making, drop-in, ages 5+

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Central Library (children’s section), 10:00am to 4:00pm: Project Art Day, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 1:00pm to 2:00pm (English), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (French): NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Sam Katz Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, TICKETS REQUIRED available at the branch now

Crouch Library, 10:30 to 11:30am: Family and Friends Puppet Show,drop-in, children with caregiver

Crouch Library, 2:00pm to 5:00pm: Get Your Game On, drop-in, ages 7+

East London (Rotary Meeting Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Pond Mills (meeting room A&B), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Stoney Creek Library, 10:00am to 4:00pm: Rhyming and Finding Scavenger Hunt, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Craft Time, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information